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We regret that we cannot provide appraisals or even "ballpark
guesses" as to the value of the many items called to our attention each
year. We are neither qualified nor are we permitted, as part of the Ohio
Historical Society, to offer appraisals. Your local library, telephone
directory, or the internet should be useful resources in your search for
IDENTIFYING PATTERNS AND SHAPES
If you would like to know what your Lotus Ware porcelain by Knowles, Taylor
and Knowles was originally named, we can usually assist you. We are unable to
answer questions about the names of patterns or shapes made by any other
potteries. There were thousands of patterns and shapes produced here over
almost two centuries. Often many different potteries used the same decal. In
addition to the books featured in our Gift Shop, your local librarian or
bookseller should be able to suggest other titles relating to Hall China, Homer
Laughlin, Harker, and other major potteries of this area.
We are happy to answer questions about the years of operation for East Liverpool area
potteries, as well as determining the years during which a particular backstamp
was used. The very best general book on this
subject is "The East Liverpool, Ohio Pottery District Identification of
Manufacturers and Marks", by William C. Gates
and Dana E. Ormerod, which is available at a new low price in our Gift Shop. Those who
do not want to own the book but prefer to do their own
online research will find a visit to the Society for Historical Archaeology useful.
GROUP AND SCHOOL TOURS
GROUPS OF ADULTS
Groups of twenty or more adults whose visit is arranged ahead of time by a
single person will qualify for entry tickets of .50 (fifty cents) off regular
full price admission. The tour operator in charge of such a group will
receive $1.00 off regular full price admission. OHS members will already be
able to visit the museum for free, and so would not be counted as part of a
group of twenty or more. Payment for a group is to be made with one payment.
No additional discounts, coupons, or memberships will be honored with group
prices. A cancellation of a group tour must be made no less than 3 days
before the scheduled visit. Guided tours are generally available Tuesdays
through Fridays anytime between 9:30 and 2:30, although Weekend tours are
occasionally available upon advance request. Please call the Museum in
advance to book tours (330-386-6001 or 800-600-7180).
GROUPS OF STUDENTS
Students of all ages, whether in groups or as invididual
visitors, pay the student rate of $2.00 per person. Any adults acting as
chaperones to a group of twenty or more students will also be eligible for
the student rate. If so desired, a one hour guided tour is usually available
during weekdays with advance notice, and at no extra charge. A typical tour
begins with a viewing of the 35-minute multimedia show which provides
visitors with a good introduction to the history of East Liverpool and the pottery industry.
Guided tours are generally available Tuesdays through Fridays anytime between
9:30 and 2:30, although weekend tours are occasionally available upon advance
request. Please call the Museum in advance to book tours (330-386-6001 or
BUYING, SELLING, DONATING YOUR TREASURES
We have no budget to purchase anything for the Museum of Ceramics
collection. If you would like to donate locally made ware, old documents, or
artifacts to the Museum of Ceramics, please call Sarah W. Vodrey, Museum Director, at
1-800-600-7180, to learn more about how that might work, and be assured that
your generous impulses are much appreciated.
We are not permitted nor are we qualified to serve as intermediaries between
interested buyers and sellers. We cannot assist you in determining pattern
names. We are happy to try to provide chronological information about pottery
and porcelain made in East Liverpool or the
little towns in this county or tri-state area (Chester WV, Newell WV, Wellsville OH, East Palestine OH,
Salem OH, Sebring OH, Beaver PA, Beaver Falls PA). The Museum of Ceramics
is devoted to ware made right in this area, and our reference materials
reflect this emphasis. We have little or no information on ware made
elsewhere, in places such as the Zanesville area, Cincinnati, Cleveland
or Trenton NJ,
much less ware made beyond the United States.
Photographs copyright Catherine S. Vodrey (www.WordBanquet.com).
The Museum of Ceramics, 400 East Fifth Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920
Telephone: 330-386-6001 or 800-600-7180 ~ Email
The Ohio Historical Society strives to meet A.D.A. requirements. However, historic structures provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. At the Museum of Ceramics we are currently partially accessible. A wheelchair lift on the southeast corner of the building provides access to the Main Level, including many exhibits, the Gift Shop, and the Theater. There is no access yet to the museum's Lower Level except via a flight of stairs. The Museum's restrooms, located on the Lower Level, are not yet accessible for people who use wheelchairs. We apologize for the ways we are inaccessible; we are working to rectify these issues.